April 10, 2009






Keene, NH—Sophomore second baseman Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA) went 6-for-8 with three runs scored, three RBI and a home run as No. 23 Rhode Island College earned a 7-6 win in game one, then a tie, 6-6, in the nightcap against Little East Conference rival Keene State in collegiate softball action played at Owl Stadium. Keene State goes to 7-8-1 (0-1-1 LEC), while RIC is now 23-2-1 (3-0-1 LEC). The Anchorwomen, who are unbeaten in their last 18 contests, see a 17-game win streak come to an end in the tie.






 Sophomore Second Baseman Amanda Perry




Keene State’s Jenna Patnode (Surry, NH) hit a solo home run in the first inning of the opener to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. RIC got the run back in the third when sophomore shortstop Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI) singled and came home on a bunt single by junior right fielder Michelle Perrin (Saugus, MA).




The Owls scored two runs in the third to go up 3-1. Patnode walked to open the inning and after stealing second and moving to third on a hit by Ashley Annis (Gilford, NH) came home on a sacrifice fly. Katie Allenson (Clifton Park, NY) followed with an RBI single.




RIC took the lead with four runs in the fifth inning, led by Perry’s three-run homer and a sacrifice fly by sophomore first baseman Chelsi Panarelli (Shrewsbury, MA). Sophomore catcher Laura Kostenblatt (Keene, NH) plated another run in the seventh with a sacrifice bunt.




Keene State’s Courtney Savoie (Stratham, NH) (2-3), who took over for starter Ashley Clark (Brentwood, NH) in the fifth inning, took the loss.  Sophomore Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA), who relieved RIC sophomore starter Melanie Neece (Westfield, MA) in the third, got the win for the Anchorwomen, improving her record to 7-1.




Panarelli quickly put the visitors up in game two, 4-0, with a one-out grand slam homer. The Owls got three runs back in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Laura Chandler (Wakefield, MA) who knocked in her twin sister Haley, who had doubled. Allie D’Amato (Bristol, CT) followed with a two-run homer.




KSC tied the score in the third on a fielder’s choice, but RIC scored single runs in the fourth and fifth to go up 6-4. Mattoon homered and sophomore designated player Laura DeNoncour (Johnston, RI) chipped in with an RBI single.




The Owls made it a one run game in the bottom of the fifth when Annis tripled and came home on an RBI single by Allenson. KSC tied the contest in the fifth as Laura Chandler opened the inning with a double down the left field line and after being sacrificed to third, came home on a ground out.  




Both team had opportunities to score in the eighth inning. RIC loaded the bases in the top of the frame and KSC had runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the inning before the game was stopped due to darkness.




Emily Albin (Bethel, CT) started for the Owls. Clark took over in the fourth and gave up one run on six hits with a pair of strikeouts and walks. RIC sophomore Jenna Deveines (Lowville, NY) pitched the first two innings for the Anchorwomen. Berard came in to pitch in the third. She allowed two runs on six hits, while fanning four and walking one.




In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play tomorrow afternoon at UMass Boston.